Shrimp Soba Noodle Stir Fry

I’m Back.

First thought in my head as I landed: The traffic seems worse than 10 days ago.

Second Thought: I’m hungry.

Third thought: I have to wake up early and train.

Fourth: Shit, I have a full day of work too, damn you jet lag.

Fifth: I’ll write a post once my jet lag is ½ gone.

So you see, it didn’t take me too long to realise that I owed you guys a new dish.

For 10 days we rode the south of Paris in a rented car with nothing but smoothed paved highways and winding streets in front of us. For me, this Is one of the best ways to visit a country or just relax, your only itinerary being the flights you need to take and the hotels you booked, meaning you have a point A and a point D to get to every day but you have nothing set in stone for B and C, so you can jump in a river, eat in small road side restaurant, stare at cows or rent a bike, it’s all up to your imagination.


A recurring theme I did see emerge in this eclectic trip was how close to the sea and rivers we stayed, our stops were: Paris, Lyon, Vaison La Romaine, St. Tropez, Villefranche Sur Mer and then we took a plane to Lisbon for a music festival (Optimus Alive 12). When you are that close to the sea, something that will constantly be on your mind is Seafood (this probably only applies to the fat kid inside of me).

Here are some of the great eats we had and the dish it inspired me to make:

Even though we ended up in different towns, regions and countries, I realised that they all cooked the seafood in a similar, straight forward and beautiful way. It got me thinking as to what dish in South East Asia could be similar in a way that we all have a similar take on it. The Answer came on a plate: noodles.


Chinas has its Chow Mien, Bangkok its Pad Thai, the Philippines its Pancit, Malaysian and Singapore their Mees, Vietnam with their Bun’s, and the list goes on and on. A lot of different names that simple say noddle + a bunch of other stuff.
I’m going to go off topic for 2 seconds, but it’ll tie back in promise.

I’m currently 3 weeks away from my 70.3 Ironman triathlon in Cebu and by my calculations I still have to lose about 4 kgs to be at my optimum race weight. Race weight is where you are at your lightest without comprising performance, so in truth it can’t be maintained; it’s more of a goal you set and achieve on Race Day. Once that’s over, you gain it back, so don’t start calling me crazy. Losing this kind of weight is tough because you can’t under eat since training is in full swing, so you really have to give your body what it needs at that very meal time.

In come the noodles, as you know I’m not a fan of moderately high G.I carbs, but all the above mentioned dishes use some kind of rice or egg noodle, which is sad because I love to eat that particular ingredient. So I substituted it for the next best thing.

Regarding the oil, stir Frying requires high heat cooking, therefore you want something that can hold that heat. The issue with oil is how it reacts to heat and what its composed of; like i’ve explained better, evoo is healthy until you put heat to it (high smoking point), then it becomes terrible for you. Asian food will usually call for peanut or vegetable to cook with, however there is an equivalent that is much healthier for you: Canola oil. Its full of good for your heart fats and is rich in Omega 3s, reducing risks of heart diseases (possibly). the Canola Oil i use is from the brand SIMPLY. Its refined from 100% natural canola seeds only from the best sources. You can buy it in most supermarkets.

For the next 3 weeks expect extremely healthy fitness dishes.

Here is my version of noodle + stuff. Simple, delicious, quick and nutritious.

Shrimp Soba Noddle Stir Fry



    1. Gnet July 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Welcome back Erwan! Looking forward to your healthy dishes! And the background music :) would you mind mentioning the songs you use in your blog, please? Thanks!!!

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:54 am

        ill put them up in a bit

    1. Cameron M. Bullock July 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      I am looking for the recipe on the shrimp fried noodles but I can not find it. Would you find it and send it to me. ( Yours truly, Cameron M. BULLOCK


      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:48 am

        its in the video :)

    1. Ogs July 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      nice pics,,,,,,,,,,

      Thanks for sharing,

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:46 am

        thanks bro

    1. MarvelousMum July 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      I’ve been using canola oil for as long as I can remember and I use exactly the same brand, Simply, which is very inexpensive. I can’t wait for your other recipes. P.S. I sooo love the photos you posted…welcome back, Erwan!

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:44 am

        thats great! thank you.

    1. Olivr July 20, 2012 at 12:43 am

      Welcome back. Nice to know healthy dishes are coming our way.

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 1:36 am

        yup wait for them :)

    1. Rito July 20, 2012 at 3:09 am

      hi erwan what camera do u use

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:24 am


    1. Lesh July 20, 2012 at 3:37 am

      so tempting :) *mouthwatering* yummmm :))

      P.S. you’re both hoooottt :))

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:22 am

        haha thanks Lesh

    1. Luvleeh :) July 20, 2012 at 3:37 am

      Heyy just wanted a good advice about morning jogging.. like which is better? have breakfast then go walk/jog? or just jog/walk without eating breakfast?

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:20 am

        any is fine really. unless your competing

    1. james July 20, 2012 at 4:38 am

      Hey Man! Where do you usually buy those healthy pasta? Like your buckwheat?

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:17 am

        soba is from any asia grocer. its a japanese noodle.

    1. snippet02 July 20, 2012 at 4:53 am

      I’ve gotta try this soon! Thank you sir Erwan for another healthy dish! :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 1:58 am


    1. JeLom July 20, 2012 at 5:14 am

      So pumped to learn more on your next extremely healthy fitness dishes! Everytime I watch your videos, I crave for more.. More SKILL SHOP videos please..

      Btw, on your next travel, try to visit London, now that the Olympics is upon us for only a few days from now, must start introducing British cuisine soon! Cheerio! ;^)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:38 am

        ive been there a couple of times when i lived in Paris. Not a fan of most brittish food :) some great chefs though

    1. Gina July 20, 2012 at 5:48 am

      A big big big fan of seafood anything- I do hope you get to cook crawfish one of these days!
      And your photos looked great! Good luck on the triathlon!
      Btw, it would be nice if you can jot down the supermarkets or specialty stores where you bought most of your ingredients, we’d love to try your recipes but sometimes it’s hard to find them :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:36 am

        unfortunately we dont get crawfish here :(

    1. MarvelousMum July 20, 2012 at 6:19 am

      Hey, Erwan. I’m not very familiar with the mushroom you used. So I’ll probably use another type of Japanese mushroom for this recipe like perhaps, shitake or enoki. These mushrooms are readily available in the supermarket I regularly go to. Keep the recipes coming!

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:34 am

        Any will do. These are also readily available. They are bunashimeji

    1. GastronomicAdventurer July 20, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Hey Erwan! just want to ask what brand of soba did you use? Can I borrow your recipe? Planning to make some for our class, but redefine it a little bit. Thanks :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:30 am

        no particular brand, just grab a pack of soba. the recipe is in the video

    1. chiali July 20, 2012 at 2:31 pm

      hi erwan! will you teach me how to cook the best chowder fat kid style? thank you!

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:26 am

        maybe soon. i love chowder

    1. Anne Curtis July 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Hi Erwan? How are you? Can you teach me how to dougie?

    1. Alex Hilado July 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Hey! Do you know if the Philippines has any Michelin or Zagat rated restaurants? Just curious. You seem like the guy to know.

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:23 am


    1. krischelle July 21, 2012 at 11:19 am

      hi kuya erwann! thnx for sharing it with us love you.. take care and god bless:))

    1. Percey July 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      Just tried it… its super delicious. :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 1:58 am

        awesome sauce

    1. Charles Ravndal July 21, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Looks delicious!

      I’m so going to make and I like healthy dishes because I’m racking my brain now in what to cook as both my husband and I are in a new diet courtesy of our personal trainer.

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:42 am

        thanks Charles, much appreciated.

    1. jettabamo July 22, 2012 at 10:06 am

      Surely try this!! keep posting…

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:37 am

        let me know how it goes

    1. Michelle Renegado July 22, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Nice photo of you and anne from your 10 days vacation… :)

    1. S July 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      I read somewhere that coconut oil has a better reaction to high heat compared to canola oi. And although it may be high in fat, it’s the good kind of fat. What do you think of coconut/vegetable oil? Nice post :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:36 am

        yes thats true. canola or coconut, anything in moderation

    1. Cloyett July 24, 2012 at 12:49 am

      Glad you’re back.. We miss you and your healthy dishes! :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:24 am

        thank you

    1. Yoj July 24, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      Welcome back Erwan! :) I’ll try this tonight..

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:20 am

        thanks Yoj!

    1. ara July 26, 2012 at 2:19 am

      hi erwan welcome back :)
      loving the soba recipe looks really good ~~
      and great paris vac photos :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:35 am

        thanks ara

    1. mchelle July 26, 2012 at 4:35 am

      youre awesome! 1st visit and im already a fan :)

    1. Jason Christian July 26, 2012 at 8:15 am

      I’m excited to this recipe. I’ll try it with my alternative recipes to suit my limited budget (Canned mushrooms, ordinary cooking oil, etc.). Thanks for sharing. This is definitely healthy and fun to share with my family. :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:27 am

        fresh mushrooms can actual be cheaper sometimes, simply oil canola is really cheap too :)

    1. Aryu July 28, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Hey Erwan,
      Did try the recipe and it was great (modified it with a little bit of soy sauce and a hint of oyster sauce) love shrimps-though its a bit pricey, would also try it with chicken left over next time. But really enjoyed my first visit to your website. Good job!
      Looking forward for more.
      Good luck with the race \\m//

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:27 am

        that works too! why left over? use fresh chicken.

    1. Janz July 31, 2012 at 4:18 am

      Hey Erwan! thanks for this post. Got some ideas for our family dinner. Anyhoo, can you also post your on the go playlist? Thanks :)

    1. July 31, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      more more more! :)

    1. Gen August 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      Hey Erwan! Bookmarking to try this recipe, just because I’m a big fan of shrimps and seafood. :)

      Quick question: What’s the next best alternative to buckwheat soba if I can’t readily find it?

      Thanks lots and love your posts!

      1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 10:14 am

        great thank you! go to a jap shop, itll be there.

    1. nini September 1, 2012 at 6:30 am

      the buck wheat noodle is it available in manila supermarket?

      such a healthy delish recipe..


    1. Amer September 10, 2012 at 5:58 am

      Hi erwan :)) this dish seems very yummy. I’d like to try it, could I use shellfish as an alternative or complementary ingredient to the shrimp? Is there any alternative for the noodles? I’d like it to stay as healthy as your original dish :)) hehe.

      Thanks :)

    1. Nikki June 27, 2014 at 12:45 am

      this is kind of out of line but what is the song in this video. i like it. your songs in all your videos are pleasant to my ears. also, what do you think of basmati rice. can you cook phad thai recipe next time.
      salamat. :)

    1. Nikki June 27, 2014 at 12:48 am

      also, I would just like to say I love how you present/edit and host your videos. it is just so raw and natural.

      1. Erwan July 4, 2014 at 4:08 am

        Thanks, Nikki! My team and I work really hard on our videos! Don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube account

      1. Erwan July 10, 2014 at 5:36 am

        Thanks! It’s all very spontaneous, really.




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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